Papillon is a world-renowned tour operator that offers a range of aerial sightseeing tours and trips in and around the Grand Canyon. Established in 1965, Papillon has been the leading tour operator for aerial trips over the Grand Canyon for over 50 years and provides more than 600,000 passengers a year with unique and unforgettable flying experiences on its daily tours to the Grand Canyon. With over 40 unique excursions that feature breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon, as well as spectacular sights of Monument Valley, Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and the Hoover Dam, Papillon offers a unique perspective of one of the world's greatest natural wonders.
Papillon’s aerial sightseeing tours over the Grand Canyon and surrounds are done in specifically designed helicopters with onboard upgrades for sightseeing. Tours are provided in pre-recorded narratives in 11 languages (12 including English) for passengers, and pick-ups can be arranged from many Las Vegas hotels, as well as Phoenix, the Grand Canyon National Park, and Sedona.
The extensive catalog of tours and trips offered by Papillon extends beyond the sky and includes guided horseback riding tours, hiking tours, river rafting adventures, and picnics.
Papillon offers over 40 sightseeing tours of both the Grand Canyon and the surrounding area, including Monument Valley, Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and the Hoover Dam, as well as horseback riding tours, hiking trips, river-rafting adventures, and picnics. Tours depart from a variety of locations, including Las Vegas, Powell/Page, the Grand Canyon National Park, and Grand Canyon West and feature both helicopter and small plane transport.
The Grand Voyager is a 7-hour long tour where guests experience one of the best sightseeing Grand Canyon tours in the world. The tour departs from Las Vegas on an airplane tour of the Grand Canyon West ending in a landing on the canyon's West Rim. From there, a helicopter ride takes guests 4,000 feet down to the bottom of the canyon where pontoon boats are available for a tranquil rafting tour up river through the Grand Canyon. Returning to the rim via helicopter, guests can hop on the shuttle to visit Guano and Eagle Point and enjoy spectacular photo opportunities and a light meal.
The Highlights Air Tour involves a one-hour airplane tour from Las Vegas to experience the unrivaled beauty and breathtaking contours of the western end of Grand Canyon, as well as amazing aerial views of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the meandering Colorado River.
Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip
For those who prefer to be closer to earth, the Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip is a family-friendly boat trip down the Colorado River, winding through the majestic Glen Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. This 15.5-mile journey begins from the base of Glen Canyon Dam and explores ancient petroglyphs and stunning natural scenery along the banks of the river all the way to Lee's Ferry. Guests are treated to a picnic lunch box and can enjoy a short visit to the Navajo Indian Reservation and Cameron Trading Post along the way.
Over the Edge Grand Canyon Helicopter and Pontoon Tour
This exciting tour combines the traditional Over the Edge Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with a serene boat cruise on the tranquil waters of the mighty Colorado River. The tour begins with a breathtaking descent of 4,000 feet in a chopper to the floor of the Grand Canyon in the Grand Canyon West, followed by a relaxing 15-minute smooth water cruise down the Colorado River on a pontoon boat to soak up the legendary beauty of the unfolding Canyon landscapes. This tour includes the entrance fee to the Grand Canyon West Entrance and a meal voucher, which can be redeemed at either the Skywalk Café or Guano Point BBQ.
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